98.9 WCLZ Presents Enter the Haggis and The Band Apollo

Posted Dec. 22, 2013, at 12:39 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 22, 2013, at 1:02 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 8 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress Street, Portland, Maine

For more information: Port City Music Hall; 207-956-6000;

Cost: $20 advance/day of show, $35 preferred [SOLD OUT]

In 2004 Enter the Haggis signed to a US-based management and record label, releasing Casualties of Retail (2004), Soapbox Heroes (2006), and Gutter Anthems (2009). In 2007 the band garnered national attention on ABC’s Live with Regis and Kelly and A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts. Texturally, their latest album, The Modest Revolution, is more electrified and ramped-up than ETH’s 2011 offering, Whitelake. For the first time, Buchanan plays substantial electric guitar, making the songs edgier overall. True to form, the musical influences abound: from Carl Perkins rockabilly on Down the Line, to lush and spacey Radiohead in Hindsight. Instrumentally, Downie and Buchanan paint different sonic strokes on each song, sharing over fifteen instruments between them – fiddle, trumpet, banjo, bells, and bagpipes to name a few. The Modest Revolution’s own saga extends beyond its unique inspiration.

The Band Apollo delivers a unique blend of pure rock infused with hints of soul and club-style pop. Coined as swag rock, this signature sound is attributed to frontman Jonathan Johnston’s recognizable vocals, Jonathan (JTru) Truman’s edgy, eclectic style of drumming, and Ben Packard’s creatively subtle, yet assertive lead guitar work. The Band Apollo’s distinctive sound draws influence from a variety of artists ranging from Muse, Audioslave, and Bruno Mars, to Maroon 5, Frank Ocean, and John Mayer.

Johnston and JTru have been playing music together since 2008 as the Jonathan Johnston Band. Packard joined the group in 2012 and they became known as The Band Apollo; a new name to embody their fresh approach to collaborative song-writing. The Band Apollo’s debut EP was recorded in Nashville and produced by Grammy-nominated, Dove Award-winning Australian artist Grant Norsworthy (member of the bands Sonic Flood and Paul Colman Trio) and engineered by Darrell Lehman (Sound Engineer for Mute Math). This EP features “Bad Company”, the band’s first single to receive airplay in Maine on 98.9 WCLZ, and “Little Red Dress”, which ranked #3 on WTOS-FM Homegrown Top Ten for 2012.

Since the release of their EP, The Band Apollo has consistently performed throughout New England, ranging from local bars and private parties to headlining college shows, outdoor festivals, and charitable events such as Maine’s Walk to Stop Hunger. They have shared the stage with various notable acts, including the Pete Kilpatrick Band. The Band Apollo has been featured in Maine’s Kennebec Journal and WPXT’s Private Stage TV, Boston University’s WTBU Left of the Dial radio show, and Pop Vulture magazine. They are currently working toward the production and release of their next highly-anticipated album.